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Shipping Container: The Latest Architecture and News

TRS Studio Converts Shipping Container into Single Family Module

13:00 - 16 May, 2019
TRS Studio Converts Shipping Container into Single Family Module , © TRS Studio
© TRS Studio

TRS Studio has unveiled their design for a social project in the Callao region of Peru. The single-family module is based on a cargo container, constructed with strong materials emitting a low cost, and low environmental impact. The project is founded on community participation, improving the quality of health and housing in the Pesquero II settlement through sustainable materials.

© TRS Studio © TRS Studio © TRS Studio © TRS Studio + 11

As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen

07:00 - 30 January, 2019
As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen, © Opposite Office
© Opposite Office

"The rooms are awash with sparkling candelabra, sumptuous carpets, marble columns, sculptures, and expensive artworks,” says Benedikt Hartl, co-founder of Opposite Office of Buckingham Palace. The 775-room, 79-bathroom, 828,821 square foot residence has been home to Britain’s royalty since the 1830s. And, if Opposite Office’s recent Affordable Palace proposal were to go through, could also be home to you.

Egyptian Architects Design Shipping Container Housing for Cairo

13:00 - 3 January, 2019
Egyptian Architects Design Shipping Container Housing for Cairo, Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid
Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid

UAE based architects Mouaz Abouzaid, Bassel Omara and Ahmed Hammad have designed a shipping container housing project for Cairo, Egypt. Dubbed ‘Sheltainer’, the project aims to address a need for low-income, student and refugee housing. The design focuses on Egyptian life around a single house unit with all the necessary needs for a small family. Sheltainer aims to offer a flexible solution with new open spaces, activities and homes.

Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid + 10

Kengo Kuma Creates Starbucks Store in Taiwan From 29 Shipping Containers

06:00 - 6 October, 2018
Kengo Kuma Creates Starbucks Store in Taiwan From 29 Shipping Containers, Courtesy of Starbucks
Courtesy of Starbucks

Hot on the heels of its lavish breakthrough Milan store, Starbucks has opened yet another striking and innovatively-designed coffee house. However, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's design associates an entirely different mood with the company's coffee beverages.

Starbucks Taiwan the company’s first location in the Asia Pacific, consists of 29 white shipping containers, shifted and stacked in a grid-like formation. Within the containers’ 3,444 sqft (320 sqm) of space are a variety of intimate and comfortable spaces. A drive-thru is also incorporated into the design to maximize the store’s convenience to its customers.

Runway of Life / ML Architect

00:00 - 30 April, 2018
Courtesy of ML Architect
Courtesy of ML Architect

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung,Taiwan
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Chih-Feng Lin
  • Collaborators

    Bai Guo Metal Engineering Co.,Ltd., Taie Building materials Co.,Ltd.
  • Curator at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

    Tseng Fangling
  • Area

    770.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

LOT-EK: “The Shipping Container Is a Vehicle to Invent New Architecture”

10:30 - 3 January, 2018
LOT-EK: “The Shipping Container Is a Vehicle to Invent New Architecture”, PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright
PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright

Shipping containers, once a darling of architectural upcycling, have received a lot of criticism recently, as architects are beginning to recognize that their perceived advantages—ready-made habitable space and structure, and an opportunity to recycle a widely available material—are based in little more than hopeful PR spin. But for one of the most prominent practices which regularly uses shipping containers in their work, LOT-EK, the attraction of these architectural ready-mades always went beyond the ecological and practical rationalizations provided by others. In this interview at the firm's New York studio, part of Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, LOT-EK founders Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano discuss the conceptual foundations of their fascination with shipping container architecture.

Carroll House, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2016. Image © Danny Bright PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright Qiyun Mountain Camp, Huangshan, China, 2015. Image © Noah Sheldon Irving Place Carriage House, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2014. Image © Danny Bright + 48

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Construction Container Facelift Competition

08:00 - 21 December, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Construction Container Facelift Competition, First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the Construction Container Facelift architecture competition. The competition jury received a wide range of work, but selected proposals which were based on a realistic implementation of a novel solution, maintaining the inherent durability and functionality of the shipping containers versus altering them strictly for aesthetics.

10 Excellent Examples of Works That Adopt the Use of Containers

06:00 - 9 November, 2017

With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to recycling shipping containers as a way to reduce the extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, or anything else. The conversion of shipping containers to living spaces is not a new concept.

Shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. Through clippings, insertion of external elements, coatings, and equipment, the container is adapted according to its future use and desired aesthetics. See below 10 examples of works that adopt the use of containers.

© Ramiro Sosa © Sergio Pucci Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture © Leonardo Finotti + 11

You Can Now Buy a Shipping-Container Tiny House from Amazon (But Should You?)

09:30 - 1 November, 2017
You Can Now Buy a Shipping-Container Tiny House from Amazon (But Should You?), via Amazon
via Amazon

The conversion of shipping containers to living spaces is not a new concept—but being able to purchase them online and have them delivered by e-commerce giant Amazon is. Deliveries by the Seattle-based (and seemingly endlessly expanding) company are becoming a staple for most American households: dogs have never barked so much at the postman, porches have never been so littered with empty boxes, and never before has almost every product on the market been available from one place without even having to leave the house.

In spite of this consumer revolution, homes on demand constitutes new territory for the platform. So what does it look like when an entire house is delivered on the back of a truck?

The Renaissance City: 3 Architectural Initiatives Point the Way Forward For Detroit

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The Renaissance City: 3 Architectural Initiatives Point the Way Forward For Detroit, Structural prototype by the makeLab™at LTU. Image courtesy of LTU
Structural prototype by the makeLab™at LTU. Image courtesy of LTU

Detroit is a long-standing symbol of innovation in America, especially in the production of automobiles, music, and, at one point in history, airplanes. It has, correspondingly, been called the Motor City, Motown, and the Cradle of Democracy. Over the last half-century, racial tension, urban migration, and disinvestment have shifted the city’s identity, causing it to become a symbol of post-industrial America and the attendant urban deterioration. Together, these elements render Detroit’s more recent nickname—the Renaissance City—tragically ironic.

Arkitema Architects Designs 30 Shipping Container Apartments in Roskilde, Denmark

08:00 - 24 October, 2017
Arkitema Architects Designs 30 Shipping Container Apartments in Roskilde, Denmark, Courtesy of Arkitema Architets
Courtesy of Arkitema Architets

Beat Box: 30 apartments in 48 containers to transform the Danish neighborhood of Musicon, adjacent to the famous Roskilde Festival area. Designed by Arkitema Architects and constructed by Container Living, Beat Box is an integral part of Roskilde’s goal to revamp Musicon over the next 15 years by adding 1,000 jobs and 1,000 homes.

3 Different Ways to Use a Shipping Container on Your Next Project

06:00 - 9 October, 2017

Recycling material in architecture is becoming increasingly valued in order to enable the creation of sustainable projects. Certainly, naval containers have been one of the elements that have gained prominence in recent years for the design of private and public buildings that respect the environment. In addition to the ecological appeal, containers are a viable choice due to the speed and ease of assembly, the option of a cleaner construction site, or even the different design solutions that this material provides. With their standardized sizes, it becomes possible to create a modular structure that allows infinite possibilities of intervention, so that it suits different uses.

We have gathered here 20 examples of works that adopt the use of containers and some tips that will certainly help you on your next project.

Shipping Container Home by Whitaker Studio Blooms Like a Desert Flower from Rocky Joshua Tree Site

14:00 - 27 September, 2017
Shipping Container Home by Whitaker Studio Blooms Like a Desert Flower from Rocky Joshua Tree Site, Courtesy of Whitaker Studio
Courtesy of Whitaker Studio

Blossoming from the rugged terrain of the California desert, Whitaker Studio’s Joshua Tree Residence is taking shipping container architecture to the next level. Set to begin construction in 2018, the home is laid out in a starburst of containers, each oriented to maximize views, provide abundant natural light or to create privacy dependent on their location and use.

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Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools

12:00 - 7 May, 2017
Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools, Courtesy of Modpool
Courtesy of Modpool

From high rises to housing to kiosks and disaster relief, shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. Now, Canada-based company Modpool has unveiled yet another use for shipping containers—backyard swimming pools and hot tubs.

Designed to be modular and simple to install, the pools are shipped with all necessary equipment—including a UV water cleaning system built in so that only light ground prep and power and gas access are necessary before the spaces are ready to use.

Studioshaw's Competition-Winning Interactive Hub for Dundee

06:00 - 2 March, 2017
Studioshaw's Competition-Winning Interactive Hub for Dundee, Flexible studios to aid Dundee's thriving digital creative sector. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw
Flexible studios to aid Dundee's thriving digital creative sector. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw

London-based firm Studioshaw has won a competition to design a hub facility for children and young people in Dundee, Scotland. The Interactive Hub will be located on the site of a former railway depot at the Seabraes Yards Digital Media Park. The competition, hosted by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and Scottish Enterprise, was one of 400 events taking place across Scotland as part of the RIAS 2016 Festival of Architecture.

Flexible studios to aid Dundee's thriving digital creative sector. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw The scheme contains sheltered public space for outdoor digital theatre and drone races. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw The proposal forms part of a masterplan to regenerate Seabraes Yards. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw The scheme contains sheltered public space for outdoor digital theatre and drone races. Image Courtesy of Studioshaw + 6

This Recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is Built with Shipping Containers

09:30 - 25 September, 2016
This Recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is Built with Shipping Containers, Globe by Michigan Station, Detroit. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe
Globe by Michigan Station, Detroit. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe

All the world’s a stage – quite literally so, in the case of the Container Globe, a proposal to reconstruct a version of Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre with shipping containers. Staying true to the design of the original Globe Theatre in London, the Container Globe sees repurposed containers come together in a familiar form, but in steel rather than wood. Founder Angus Vail hopes this change in building component will give the Container Globe both a "punk rock" element and international mobility, making it as mobile as the shipping containers that make up its structure.

Globe by the Brooklyn Bridge, New York. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe View of Stage from the Yard. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe View from Upper Seating Gallery. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe Globe in Waitangi Park, Wellington NZ. Image Courtesy of The Container Globe + 21

Dutch Designers Propose Ways of Transforming Decommissioned Oil Tankers Into Tiny Cities

04:00 - 1 February, 2016
Dutch Designers Propose Ways of Transforming Decommissioned Oil Tankers Into Tiny Cities, ©  Chris Collaris Design, Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde / MISS3
© Chris Collaris Design, Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde / MISS3

Four Dutch designers—Chris Collaris, Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker and Patrick van der Gronde—have envisioned a sustainable design of re-use for a discarded oil tanker in the Southern Gulf Region, which they have entitled The Black Gold. They believe that the oil tanker is the "perfect icon" for representing "the geographic, economic and cultural history of the Arabic oil states" – an icon which they predict will become more and more obsolete as the supply of crude oil is moved away from shipping and into pipe infrastructure.